Discipline: Career and Technical Education

Grade Level: 10, 11, 12

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Diseases in Livestock
  • Module Description
    • Understanding the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of livestock diseases.

  • Tasks
    • Teaching Task Template Task (Design your own lesson)

      L1: After researching news and scientific articles on bovine trichomoniasis, write an informational pamphlet for ranchers that describes what it is, how to recognize it, and how to prevent it from affecting herds of cattle. Support your discussion with evidence from your research.

      Task Template 13 — [1 Level]

      After researching ________ (informational texts) on ________ (content), write a ________ (report or substitute) that describes ________ (content). Support your discussion with evidence from your research. (Informational or Explanatory/Description)

  • About the Teachers
    • Authors: Lee Smith and Jennifer Turner

      Course: Career and Technical Education

  • Materials, References, and Support
    • For Teachers


      • A Costly STD Hits the Cattle Industry Cosh, C. (2005, Jan 23). A costly STD hits the cattle industry. Alberta Report, 22(6), 23.
        • States that Canada's LaVerne Vadnais' bulls tested positive for bovine trichomoniasis, an elusive venereal disease once confined to cattle in the midwestern United States. Discusses what causes the disease, its effect on livestock, and when it was first identified.
      • Dealing with Disease Can Boost Profits Balsom, A. (2010, February 12). Dealing with disease can boost profits. Farmers Weekly. 
        • The article offers information on symptoms, transmission, and control of several infectious diseases in cattle. Den Leonard, a veterinarian, stresses the importance of monitoring and controlling diseases such as bovine viral diarrhoea (BVD), leptospirosis, and infectious bovine rhinotracheitis (IBR). Mucosal disease is cited as a symptom of BVD while Robert Anderson of Merlin Vet Group recommends culling all persistently infected (PI) animals and carrying out vaccination to control the disease.
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